Hippopotamus milk is pink?

Like all other mammals, hippos generate white milk to feed their young. However, there is a myth that it is pink. This belief originates due to the pinkish liquid secreted by their skin, which is released by the mucous glands of these animals and serves as a natural form of sunscreen and against harmful bacteria.

When in contact with the sun, this secretion turns a bright orange-red, which resembles the color of blood, which is why it is known as ‘blood sweat’. However, this liquid loses its shine over the course of hours and changes to a brown color.

In this sense, it is possible that this substance mixes with the milk at a certain moment and causes this food to acquire a pinkish hue. However, it is highly unlikely, as the young are noted for being efficient eaters. Thus, they take the mother’s nipple forming a strong bond that allows even the female hippopotamus to suckle it underwater.

It should be noted that the chances of the two liquids combining are very low. In addition, the possibilities of verifying that it is present in the feeding process are limited, since these animals usually attack when they care for their young or are pregnant.

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